Copenhagen has ratings and reviews. But in his Tony Award- winning play Copenhagen, Michael Frayn shows us that these men were passionate. In Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, a fictional account of an actual event during World War II, two physicists exchange heated words and profound. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Copenhagen by Michael Frayn.

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These are the agreed-upon facts of that evening, but no one can seem to agree on exactly what was said during that conversation: I don’t think I’d be terribly excited to sit through all of the science lecture just to uncover that gem, though.

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn

Frayn isn’t attempting to write history, and many of the issues he raises are as valid as they would be even if he got every historical aspect of the play wrong. View all 8 comments.

It’s damn good too even if one considers it merely as inventive docu-drama. I do not know if personally I would have enjoyed this as a play. Tiny Denmark, meanwhile, was an occupied state. But here also is where the historians might be annoying and pedantic. According to Rhodes book, Heisenberg slipped Bohr a copy of the German reactor plans during the Coopenhagen meeting.


There is a great micael known about all of the primary characters presented in Copenhagen ; the following includes those bits of information which are directly relevant and referenced in vrayn work itself.

One of my last acts at Berkeley was to design the cover for an excellent volume of historical essays on the play. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Same scene as above, different moment. If there is any weakness, or disappointing aspect to the play, it is the history — or rather, the fact that so much is made of it.

This is an interesting play. His works often raise philosophical questions in michal humorous context. But in his Tony Award-winning play Copenhagen, Michael Frayn shows us that these men were passionate, philosophical, and all too human, even though one copenhwgen the three historical figures in his drama, Werner Heisenberg, was the head of the Nazis’ effort to develop a nuclear weapon.

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Because Heisenberg could only visit Bohr in occupied Denmark on behalf of the German government, Heisenberg was obliged to make public lectures on behalf of the Government which were monitored by German government officials. But even for its success, Frayn admitted in an article that “A number of frsyn expressed misgivings about the whole enterprise.

But it might appear to give an one of those fryan that people have been asking since Frayn’s cunning conceit is to use the scientific underpinnings of atomic physics, from Schr? Starting with several conflicting but sometimes co-existent historical accounts, Frayn creates fictionalized versions of these three figures and sets them talking. All we can do is to look afterwards, and see what happened. Of course, this is a work of fiction and Frayn knows nothing about quantum mechanics, but still I loved the entire premise of the play: Benedict Cumberbatch, Greta Scacchi and Simon Russell Beale star in Mixhael Frayn’s award-winning play about the controversial meeting between physicists Bohr and Heisenberg, part of a joint Radio 3 and Radio 4 series of three Michael Frayn dramas for radio – including new adaptations of his novels, ‘Skios’ and ‘Headlong’.

I saw the play in in a memorable version that was presented to science students at the University of Buenos Aires, which was followed by intense debate.

Views Read Edit View history. Indeed, Bohr’s letters note that Heisenberg spoke “in vague terms”, from which Bohr was only able to form an “impression” about Heisenberg’s efforts. They knew what plutonium was. Nov 01, Aj Sterkel rated it did not like it Shelves: Moderator was probably an apt term, since I literally had to get between Tom and critics, to keep the latter from physically attacking him.

I actually actively hate when I can see a playwright in the writing of play, however unfair that may be. Still, it meant I bought the book the next day.

Copenhagen review – Michael Frayn’s masterwork still blazes with mystery

As it was, the night we went our seats were on the stage. Aside from giving me a chance to visit my old grad school stomping grounds the first time, I think, copenhagdn I started my current jobit also gave me a fresh excuse to revisit the play, about a decade after I last spent any real time thinking about it.


February Learn how and when to remove this template message. It leaves up in the air whether Heisenberg was trying to sabotage coepnhagen or notmaking it seem that this is as equally plausible an interpretation as any other.

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There were those within the German program which was not one single program in any case, but several different groups who knew that the critical mass of enriched uranium would be fairly low German Army Ordnance thought in that between kg of U would give you a bomb, which is a spot-on estimate. There have been some articles on this. The story largely belongs to Heisenberg, who was almost undoubtedly smart enough to solve the same equations that allowed his counterparts in Los Alamos to create a bomb.

Continuing under the direction of Michael Blakemore, it opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre on 11 April and ran for performances. Retrieved 10 February The characters reminisce, after a fashion, and replay some of the events. In a March interview [15] Ivan Supekone of Heisenberg’s students and friends, commented that ” Copenhagen is a bad play” and that “Frayn mixed up some things”.

As Heisenberg wrote to Jungk. I thought Frayn was clever to twist it around and apply Heisenberg’s reasoning to his own life. Their fascination in playing with the new toy blinds them to the danger that it poses. A writer for The Commonweal commented on the Broadway premiere, saying that “the play’s relentless cerebral forays can But it made that scholarship seem relevant.

Heisenberg tried to convey his opinions later during private discussions with Bohr.

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn. It is fun to think about and gratifying to imagine. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.